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Cunningham Family History

Cunningham Name Meaning
Scottish: habitational name from a district in Ayrshire, first recorded in 1153 in the form Cunegan, a Celtic name of uncertain origin. The spellings in -ham, first recorded in 1180, and in -ynghame, first recorded in 1227, represent a gradual assimilation to the English place-name element -ingham.Irish: surname adopted from Scottish by bearers of Gaelic Ó Cuinneagáin ‘descendant of Cuinneagán’, a personal name from a double diminutive of the Old Irish personal name Conn meaning ‘leader’, ‘chief’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Cunningham Families

  • Number of Cunningham families
     930 - 1,858
     311 - 929
     1 - 310
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Cunningham families
     1,074 - 2,145
     359 - 1,073
     1 - 358
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Cunningham families
     1,200 - 2,397
     401 - 1,199
     1 - 400
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Cunningham Family Origin

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Cunningham Immigration Information

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Cunningham Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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